Text: Mark 2 (Exodus 9-10)
Jesus astounded the religious leaders of the day when He chose to spend time in the company of “sinners.”
And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17)
This is an important word for us today. As Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20), for us to share Jesus with people who are far from God we must go to where they are. We must spend time with people who are not yet people of faith – people who are rough and tumble, who cuss, quarrel, fight and are immoral. They may even be dangerous. But, like us, they are sinners whom Jesus loves. Here is a challenge. Can you name three people with whom you spend time who live sinful lives? I hope you can.
in Him, Mike